Tuesday, March 18, 2008

3/18 Evening News: Discussion Continues

Barack Obama Shifted the Political Discourse Today
"Senator Barack Obama displayed a quality in his speech today that the Democratic Party desperately needs in its nominee in 2008: Fearlessness. ..."

It's Time For The Superdelegates To End This Thing
"The race between Sen. Clinton and Sen. Obama remains frozen in amber, with even an unlikely unprecedented string of lopsided victories between now and the end of the primary season unable to change the dominant dynamic: Senator Obama is the frontrunner. ..."

Our Joshua
"Moses never made the transition to the Biblical Promised Land with his people. It was left to Joshua to lead the Israelites there. Perhaps we in early 21st-Century America have our own latter-day Joshua, finally? Or at least the hint of one? ..."

A Sermon of Obama's Own
"A sermon as much as it was a speech, Obama's address today reminded married together the prevailing elements his campaign: a change is gonna come and the answer our friends is blowin' in the wind. ..."

Clinton Foundation Received $500,000 From Wal-Mart
"Lost amid the blistering pace of campaign news was the announcement, made this past Saturday, that Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer had donated a half-million dollars to a project of former President Clinton's global foundation. ..."

The Clintonian Uncertainty Principle
"With a pledged delegate deficit that even her campaign views as insurmountable, and a superdelegate lead that appears to be narrowing by the day, the primary rationale for Clinton's continued candidacy is uncertainty. ..."

Obama's Philadelphia Address: All the "Right Stuff"
"In bravely and comprehensively addressing the issue of race in America, its history and its persistent and corrosive impact on our society and politics, Barack Obama demonstrated uncommon leadership. ..."

McCain's Church Hates America, Clinton's Friends Do Too -- But Let's Get the Black Guy (Or Not?)
"Obama called us to our better selves today. Never mind that! Here's the latest new outrage from Obama's pastor! FOX News, CNN, MSNBC are all about to start playing new secret footage of Rev. Wright screaming: ..."

NYT: Mr. Obama’s Profile in Courage
"There are moments — increasingly rare in risk-abhorrent modern campaigns — when politicians are called upon to bare their fundamental beliefs. ... the speaker does not just salve the current political wound, but also illuminates larger, troubling issues ..."

Obama and the Greatest Salve of All: Truth
"... he continues to be a man who brings people to the table. As a communicator, Obama is brave enough to speak truth and to speak it clearly and judiciously, when a thousand political know-it-alls would tell him to hedge and deflect, hedge and deflect. ..."

Obama radio: 'For real change, register as a Democrat'
"A Pennsylvania radio spot directed at independents and Republicans stresses ethics legislation, and Obama's refusal to take lobbyist contributions. It then explains how independents and Republicans can register as Democrats. ..."

Colbert Report: Interview with Samantha Powers

Obama's empowering duality
"Such a complex identity can be a burden, both personally and politically, and Obama has grappled with these dimensions his entire life. Yet it can also be a blessing as it bestows on him the sort of unique insight not endowed to somebody who merely is black and American. ..."

Andrew Sullivan: The Speech
"But I do want to say that this searing, nuanced, gut-wrenching, loyal, and deeply, deeply Christian speech is the most honest speech on race in America in my adult lifetime. ..."

Lynn Sweet: Obama finished writing speech at 2 a.m.
"Sen. Barack Obama was up late last night putting the finishing touches on the most important speech of his presidential campaign ... Obama “finished essentially about two in the morning,” said his top strategist, David Axelrod. ..."

Obama supporters say message resonates
"It was an honest speech,” said New Jersey native Charles Mobley, 62. “It hit home.” “He needed to say it,” said Obama campaign volunteer Sheryl Harper, 61. “No one has ever done that in my lifetime,” said 53-year-old Paula Peebles, an enthusiastic Obama supporter ..."

Obama's racial problems transcend Wright
"But beneath the personal anecdotes and historical allusions, it was a delicately crafted political statement — one that makes clear that Obama understands exactly how much peril he is facing. ..."

Gallup: Obama Seeks to Bridge Racial Divide Among Democrats
"Barack Obama's major speech on race in Philadelphia Tuesday is a reminder of the continuing, and highly charged, impact of race in American society and in this presidential campaign. ..."

Gallup Daily: Clinton At 47%, Obama at 44%
"Hillary Clinton now has a three percentage point advantage over Barack Obama in Gallup Poll Daily election tracking ..."

Perceived Honesty Gap for Clinton Versus Obama, McCain
"Hillary Clinton is rated as "honest and trustworthy" by 44% of Americans, far fewer than say this about John McCain (67%) and Barack Obama (63%). ..."

Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
"Obama attracts 45% of Likely Democratic Primary Voters while Clinton earns 44% of the vote ..."

Instant Reaction
"He was very smart not to just go with Romney's speech. It was a more sedate speech than I'd expected, but one suspects that too much passion might be misinterpreted. ..."

Obama's Transcendent Challenge, and Ours
"Rather than try to counter the injection of race into the campaign, Obama administered an extra dose, hoping the live virus can also act as a vaccine. ..."

Ringing the Bell
"What Obama's speech says about the man who gave it. ... the bravest thing Obama did in his historic speech at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia was to ring the bell louder. He chose to focus on an uncomfortable topic that most Americans would rather leave unspoken. ..."

CNN Analysts: Obama Achieved Goal
"I think what we saw today was somebody who really hit that mark and did not shy away from answering all the questions we've been asking ..."

Poll: Major differences in candidates' qualities
"When it comes to bringing about change, a majority of Americans -- 56 percent -- say Sen. Barack Obama will be able to achieve that task; 49 percent say the same for Sen. Hillary Clinton; and 39 percent say that for Sen. John McCain. ..."

Obama's Speech Was Brilliant, But ...
"Barack Obama gave a brilliant, inspiring, intellectually supple speech--but one that may have done little to solve his festering problem with working class white Americans. ..."

Texas Denies Clinton's Request On Caucuses
"Democratic Party Says It Won't Take Extra Steps To Verify Signatures Of March 4 Caucus-Goers ..."

Clinton will visit Michigan to press for re-vote
"Hillary Clinton has scheduled a last-minute campaign stop in Detroit for Wednesday morning, a move the campaign says will spotlight Michigan's efforts at a primary re-vote and keep the pressure on Barack Obama to consent to another election in the state. ..."

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1 comment:

Jena said...

You mention the Rasmussen daily tracking poll. But did you notice the marvellous bit?
Given how Clinton goes around claiming that she wins the big states and therefore must have the nomination.

# Florida: McCain Leads Obama by Four, Clinton by Seven

# California: Obama Leads McCain by 15, Clinton Leads By 7

LOL! I love it!